Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2021 after 26 days on 26 May 2021 at 11:14.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 263 of Meeus index or 1216 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2021. It is 36 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠154.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠178.9°.
1 day after point of perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 May 2021 at 21:54 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 364 502 km (226 491 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 512 km (252 595 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 09:18 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 13 May 2021 at 10:29 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 18 April 2021 at 16:02 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.532°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.591° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 May 2021 at 09:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 11 May 2021 at 19:00 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.